The SAIS China-Africa Research Initiative will host a special preview screening of the soon-to-be-released film, GUANGZHOU DREAM FACTORY.
Doors open at 5:30 pm. Please arrive promptly. People on the waitlist will be seated, if possible, at 5:50pm. Screening at 6:00 pm. Film screens at 6:00 pm.
Immigration, globalization, Chinese factories and African dreams…GUANGZHOU DREAM FACTORY weaves stories of Africans chasing alluring, yet elusive, 'Made in China' dreams into a compelling critique of our 21st century global economy.
Following a filmmaker’s journey from Ghana to China and back to Africa, GUANGZHOU DREAM FACTORY provides a rare glimpse of African aspirations in an age of endless outsourcing.
What people are saying
While the news is full of stories of boatloads of African migrants desperate to cross into Europe, Guangzhou Dream Factory gives us the stories of Africans who believe China is “the new land of opportunity.” Visually rich, sympathetically told, this compelling film sensitively captures the hopes, disappointments, and creativity of Africans whose dreams are unfolding, for better or worse, in the Middle Kingdom.
-- Deborah Bräutigam,
Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)
Guangzhou Dream Factory offers an accessible, yet nuanced and complex, view into the dynamic lives of entrepreneurial Africans living in China. The insightful narrative and the great selection of subjects make this film a uniquely engaging portrayal of ongoing global transformations. A must-see documentary dispelling outdated stereotypes of hopeless and helpless Africans.
-- Roberto Castillo,
African Studies, The University of Hong Kong
To learn more about GUANGZHOU DREAM FACTORY, please visit: http://www.gzdreamfactory.com
This film was made possible with funding from
The National Endowment for the Humanities and The National Endowment for the Arts.